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Old 08-13-2005, 02:49 PM   #1
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A friend of mine from Belgium just sent me some pictures of his recent project. I've known Danny since my panhead came out in easyriders back in '97. You may have seen his work, it was in Iron Horse during the Snow era.

He's done some amazing motorcycles, including a three wheeler that (in my opinion) is the best one ever built. Lately he's been perfecting the transformation of softails to Bobbers, this being his latest. Apparantly this is a good way to get around all the laws in parts of europe controlling the modification of stock machinery.

He's a king for sure. If anybody has any pictures of his trike or the stuff from Iron Horse post 'em up. He ran a shop called Back 2 Basics in the L.A. area for a while in the early '90s.
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Old 08-13-2005, 03:40 PM   #2
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You mean this one?
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You mean this one?
YEAH! When did he build that? Like '96 or so?
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YEAH! When did he build that? Like '96 or so?
Yup, that was '96.
I think have an old Dutch magagazine with an article about it... I'll see if I can find it and make some scans.
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The frame of the three wheeler was built by Anders Johansson from Sweden who also built my frame to my specs.I've got an english mag which features the trike and also shows some design sketches.Conder,let's trade.I'll scan the article and post it here and you gonna post a close-up pic which shows the pinstripes on Silver Bullet's gas tank...
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Old 08-13-2005, 10:47 PM   #6
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Deal, I'll have to send 'em to you in e-mail and you can post them. My photoshop is down and my IPhoto files are too big to post. That trike frame is the SHIZAH. You have one too?
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I've seen that trike at the Essen motorshow back then... Nice work!
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A friend of mine from Belgium just sent me some pictures of his recent project. I've known Danny since my panhead came out in easyriders back in '97. You may have seen his work, it was in Iron Horse during the Snow era.
Tim - I remember that article very well. After I read what you posted, I was about to reply "hey! that was the guy with the matching Evo's!" until I scrolled down to see you posted the two bikes.

He's got real good taste. You can even see it in that Softail for sure.

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Thanks ! I can't tell you how much I like these stripes,especially the grimace,too cool...never saw the ones on the fender though.You got any of those too ?

Here's the scanned article.Low buck scanner-low quality pics,sorry.No,I don't have a three wheeler.Anders built the frame of my Panhead Chopper and just like Danny seems to have,mailed him my drawings etc. to Sweden and six weeks later my imagination became reality.Anders is no longer in business.He's now living in South America...at least this was the last thing I heard...



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I will try to post the rest of the article later as the upload time on imageshack is too damn long in the moment...

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It seems to work again...





Maurice,I also saw this three wheeler at the Essen Motor Show some years ago...sadly, the show has become very,very lame.They always invite some bikes/owners which received attention in Daytona early the year.Some years ago there were some really cool bikes and it always was a blast to go there but meanwhile they only invite "mass-compatible" things on two wheels...

I always visit the show on the last day as some people fire up their engines and drive the bikes outside but they don't do it anymore...too bad...One of the things I always remember is "Bandit" firing up his "Dicey Knuckle" ( which already had Apes and 21" front wheel at that time) and slowly driving it outside of the building.Honestly,I never heard another Knuckle sounding so sweet...beautiful.

Another glorious moment was when Dave Royal or Ernst Paulsen ( not sure which guy it was) started the "Brass Knuckle" and drove it outside...I NEVER will forget that and I wish I would have some pics...what a blast...what a bike...what an experience to see,hear and feel such a bike here in Germany on a cold and dark Sunday evening right in the middle of December...

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Awesome article! The pinstriping on my pan was done (twice) by my hero Donn Trethewey. He striped it in red and white first but my fingerprints rusted under the clear so he striped it again for me when the bike went to Oakland. I met Treth when I first came to live in seattle in '89. I took the bus to Dewey's cycle shop to check out the british bikes they had for sale. Donn was in the back striping a perfectly restored 650 Gold star. We hit it off and after I got rolling with my shop I hired him to do striping. I didn't learn how to paint until late '93, and I still can't stripe like him. (Not even close) He was the only guy I ever met who was doing Dutch style striping, and I had worked for Ed Roth and Rod Powell before. He actually hadn't done it since the '60s he said, and loved striping the stuff at my shop. NOBODY in seattle did monsters, chicks, rockets etc in pinstriping at that time.

Thing was, he not only did Dutch style striping, but he had a much cleaner approach to it. Minimal strokes with a great eye for color and design. He loved Dutch, actually met him and used to cruise a pre-unit Triumph in So-Cal in the '60s. He's too humble to post anything anywhere and isn't big on promotion, lives on bananas and seltzer water and is about 66 years old. He looks 45. His career consisted of mainly Graphic Design from private customers to Union Bay.

He's the living blueprint of who I want to be.....fearless journeyman artist at the top of his game, still gets laid more than most young guys I know and owns a badass, street legal, Hindahl framed flat track Triumph. YESSIR.

I've got lots of pics of my back fender but the scanners down, There's a cool rabbit down by the tranny and a couple more monsters.
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Ladies an Gentlemen.I have the pleasure to introduce the man himself.Please give it up for Mr. Danny Franssen ! Welcome to the board !
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A friend of mine from Belgium just sent me some pictures of his recent project. I've known Danny since my panhead came out in easyriders back in '97. You may have seen his work, it was in Iron Horse during the Snow era.

He's done some amazing motorcycles, including a three wheeler that (in my opinion) is the best one ever built. Lately he's been perfecting the transformation of softails to Bobbers, this being his latest. Apparantly this is a good way to get around all the laws in parts of europe controlling the modification of stock machinery.

He's a king for sure. If anybody has any pictures of his trike or the stuff from Iron Horse post 'em up. He ran a shop called Back 2 Basics in the L.A. area for a while in the early '90s.
Hey Tim ! Great to see a couple of my bikes trough you on this forum man ! Just for the record,I never ran a shop during my stay in LA from 91 to 93, not even now overhere in Belgium, I have this "out of control hobby" thing still going on...scary..."Back 2 Basics" was the title for that Iron Horse article I came up with myself since they were in some way 2 matching bikes, and yes...kinda "basic" ! Take it easy ! Dan.
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Monsters, chicks, rockets. There's a cool rabbit down by the tranny and a couple more monsters...
I'm dying to see those...I never wanted to see a damn rabbit that bad like I do want now !
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Howdy Dan, sorry about the fictitious shop....You should start one.
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I really really dig those two blue/black bikes. Bravo.
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I really really dig those two blue/black bikes. Bravo.
Hey Django, thanks man ! I builded the greenish-black (springer) bike during my stay in the San Bernardino (LA) mountains (91-93) I ordered that repro Evo casting hardtail frame from Sweden at that time, together with the 15x5" rear rim, these items were unknown at that time in the US... I also started building the blue-black scoot overthere also about the same time,and finished it when I arrived back in Belgium..that repro casting frame (blue-black bike) was intended for a shovel engine, I redid the center post to fit a Evo,what a difference in overall height around the seating area...when you see these bikes parked side by side you really notice the difference ! I did an almost similar styled Evo hardtail bob-chop in '91, repro casting frame but with 2" stretch in downtubes with a 8" over FL glide...



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Danny mailed me some pics of his Evo Bobber and here they are.High quality bike with lots of tricks and high quality pics.These pics were actually three times the size they are now and really,the quality is outstanding.I let Danny do the talking so I better shut up now...enjoy the bike !



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I really dig the B(elgium) country plaque hanging on chains.Cool ! I see Steve at SSC is no stranger to you.He does very nice work and YOU even took the brake set-up to the next level by using the springer backing plate.How are those trumpet mufflers mounted to the pipes ? I can see no welds,no clamps etc.Just wonder...

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Wow. That one is inspiring too. As much as I love the flaked stuff, this style is where I am headed...

Danny, I'm sending you a pm.
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Forget the question regarding the mufflers.I know now.Very detailed bike ! Simply great work...
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Told ya...
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Danny did send me some more pics of his bikes so check them out...









Black pipes look right.
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Reversed bars and diamond tread tire looks cool.Again,lots of cool details,details,details...

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Simply bitchin...
From the drilled brake pedal, to the mini front disc...amazing little details.
I love the melding of the old and the new technology...
And i'm diggin the single bag idea opposite the pipes.
Beautiful man...
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Simply bitchin...
From the drilled brake pedal, to the mini front disc...amazing little details.
I love the melding of the old and the new technology...
And i'm diggin the single bag idea opposite the pipes.
Beautiful man...
Thanks Ryno! I have a bunch of right side bags in my garage...!You should see the size of my head...filled with so many ideas,thanks to my friends thrusts that they give me their bikes to work on them..otherwise I think I would die...or sometimes I draw a couple of bikes, and then I'm good for a couple days!ha !
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Danny, you don't have a shop do you?
We don't live that far apart..... any way that I can see those bikes live?

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Danny, you don't have a shop do you?
We don't live that far apart..... any way that I can see those bikes live?

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Marc, no, no shop...I want to keep my "hobby" alive.. know what I mean?...
Most of these bikes stay in my garage as long as one week after they are finished,to do some test-rides.You will see these bikes live, 'cause they are ridden (hard...!) all over Belgium and Holland ! You missed a dozen of my bikes at Leopoldsburg run this year...and other years...
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I like the single bag too. How do you mount that? Is it just dropped down? Forgive my naivity, but I've never had saddle bags before.
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I like the single bag too. How do you mount that? Is it just dropped down? Forgive my naivity, but I've never had saddle bags before.
Django, you will have to make your own bag-frame, 'cause a stock HD frame will be kicking your bag way to much out...sometimes I mount a homemade bagframe to the 2 strutholes and passenger peghole, so it stays rigid, sometimes I mount the bag straight to the swingarm what means that it moves up and down with the swingarm,and there is no reason why this is not ok...it dependsin both cases if you use a frame mounted rear fender or if you go with a swingarm mounted fender...
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I love the disc brake conversion on the early model front-end
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The coolest EVO stuff EVER!!!!.......(I never,ever, thought I'd say that).


Back in the eighties, when leaving for a trip on my rigid pan/shovel, I would pull the upswept fishtails and throw on the straights so I could have two saddlebags....killed me to do it, but one bag was for beer
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Here's a pic of Danny and his three wheeler...



Danny and his brother who always gave him a helping hand on this project...



Danny's mom.Equally involved on his projects...



Danny's Pan Chopper built many years ago...



Quote Danny :

"My very first chopper...23 years ago ! From the same year as I am, 1963...It started as a police bike.If I knew then what I know now then, I would still have the '63 in original condition...They only produced a handful of 63 Pan's...anyway, I was 17 at that time and finished this bike when I just had my drivers license...
18" over Jammer springer, 21" half brake front wheel with a,yes sir, 2.75-21 Avon Speedmaster tire goddamned !!! Original swingarm frame got a Santee hardtail and a custom made goose neck, rake was 53°.Yes, you needed big forearms to turn this fucker with that dragbar..."
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So fuckin' bad...
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i remember seeing those bikes in IH way back when. man those were killer and your new bikes are blowing me away. the details the details. that mini brake in the stock drum. awesome! makes me jealous.
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The coolest EVO stuff EVER!!!!.......(I never,ever, thought I'd say that).


Back in the eighties, when leaving for a trip on my rigid pan/shovel, I would pull the upswept fishtails and throw on the straights so I could have two saddlebags....killed me to do it, but one bag was for beer
One bag for beer huh? Know what you mean...I took it a different way with this bag right here...if you're into Jack D. that is !
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i remember seeing those bikes in IH way back when. man those were killer and your new bikes are blowing me away. the details the details. that mini brake in the stock drum. awesome! makes me jealous.
Thanks jbfrmca! As you might have seen in a previous postreply, I mentioned that I builded that greenish-black springer bike in the LA area during my stay overthere...most of my friends back then overthere tought I lost my mind blasting the chrome off and painting that rear rim..! Same for the tin primary,oil tank,dashcover,headlight,etc...That was '91-'93.. Most Cali based bikes where black of course with a shitload of chrome...Don't get me wrong, I still like to see nicely chromed parts on a bike,(what about a show chromed 21" spool front wheel glistering in the sun at low speed...oooohhhww yeah!) but they should be the right parts on the right spot on the right bike...
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Thanks jbfrmca! As you might have seen in a previous postreply, I mentioned that I builded that greenish-black springer bike in the LA area during my stay overthere...most of my friends back then overthere tought I lost my mind blasting the chrome off and painting that rear rim..! Same for the tin primary,oil tank,dashcover,headlight,etc...That was '91-'93.. Most Cali based bikes where black of course with a shitload of chrome...Don't get me wrong, I still like to see nicely chromed parts on a bike,(what about a show chromed 21" spool front wheel glistering in the sun at low speed...oooohhhww yeah!) but they should be the right parts on the right spot on the right bike...

Yup...black and chrome.....my first frame up build...56 pan/shovel. (I think the pic is from 1980)...s&s stroker..glistening 21...etc etc etc. Rode the living shit outta it!
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Danny,do you always strip off the chrome completely when blackening pipes ?
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Yup...black and chrome.....my first frame up build...56 pan/shovel. (I think the pic is from 1980)...s&s stroker..glistening 21...etc etc etc. Rode the living shit outta it!
Yeah!, and with all the good'ol stuff on it...Bates seat with bolted pillion pad, Jackhammer grips,mechanical drums,etc...Dave Mann style Hatch...!
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Danny,do you always strip off the chrome completely when blackening pipes ?
Hey Frentz! Yep,I blast the chrome off completely, then heat the pipes slightly with a torch burner, then paint them with regular automotive high-temp paint out of a spraycan ! About 5 layers...When you first run your engine the paint will instantly stick incredibly well, it ussualy last for about 2 years, then I redo them...
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Yeah!, and with all the good'ol stuff on it...Bates seat with bolted pillion pad, Jackhammer grips,mechanical drums,etc...Dave Mann style Hatch...!
The bike was a blast...I had apes, drag bars, and buckhorns....fishtails...shotguns..straights...... and LOVED it no matter what combo I was runnin.... Tire smoker....loud....obnoxious bike and rider....sure would like to have it back!!

I shipped it to Hawaii and lived there for awhile...sold the bike to a GI...he transferred to California with it....sure would like to have it back!!!
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I know I can count on this thread for more pics of bitchin bikes.

I need to switch my pipes from chrome to black. Any suggestions? I was thinking I'd just grind on them some and use some hi temp black paint. I want to wrap it with some of that black insulation too. It's a 2 into 1 pipe.

EDIT: I swear those last to replies were not there when I was typing... Doh.
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I know I can count on this thread for more pics of bitchin bikes...






Again,mixture between new and "old"...
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Hi Frenz! Thanks again! I did this cruiser 3 years ago for a friend, Koen, who sits here on the bike..this was at the 100th anniversary in Barcelona...Willie G. hands over a Best of Show award, or whatever they called it...It started as a stock 2000 FatBoy with 800 miles on it...the only thing what's still there from when I rode it in my workshop is the FatBoy himself Koen ! Ha!
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I'm sitting here awestruck.

Absolutely beautifull.
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Richie, mucho gracias ! And to say that all this recognition started trough Tim Conder,thank you "freak" !! LOL ! It's funny man, I'm also on this Holland forum site from time to time,and what I notice now is when Conder posts something on the JJ board it's like a 20 page novel almost...I caught myself doing the same thing on that Holland forum when I write a reply..! Tim, you think that it has something to do that we both are freelance writers for customstuff...help...!
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No problem Danny ! I can't resize the other pics you sent me.The quality starts to get real bad then.18 inchers on the bike below are cool.







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No problem Danny ! I can't resize the other pics you sent me.The quality starts to get real bad then.18 inchers on the bike below are cool.







That cream (& white) bike started as a 89 Softail Heritage, I wanted to give it a FL Electra look...therefor the typical shovel oval ribbed air cleaner, police sigar muffler,belt side brake, old style taillight,pan seat,lowered 2" front & rear, the 18" steel rims with Avons make the bike look even lower...this thing got stolen from me at a HD run close to my place...I had it finished for 3 days...no theft insurance..."shit happens" is what they say...
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Good eye for detail, not overdone like so many these days. Like the trad approach of course, some original ideas and well put together....I usually don suck up like this but the style is great.
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Richie, mucho gracias ! And to say that all this recognition started trough Tim Conder,thank you "freak" !! LOL ! It's funny man, I'm also on this Holland forum site from time to time,and what I notice now is when Conder posts something on the JJ board it's like a 20 page novel almost...I caught myself doing the same thing on that Holland forum when I write a reply..! Tim, you think that it has something to do that we both are freelance writers for customstuff...help...!
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Is that FXR one of Danny's bikes as well???
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Hey Rino, yea, I could buy a stock '88 FXR for an rediculous low price overhere about 5 years ago..it sat in my garage for another 2 years colecting dust...A buddy who runs a custom shop here had a Warbird kit on the shelf for about 8 years..never sold it..I bought it for peanuts and whiped the dust of the FXR and reworked a bit on the kit,lowered the bike 2" front & rear,18-4.25 Akront rear rim, 21" front, homemade 3° raked mid-glide trees,homemade billet risers,reworked the stock tank with a bead running on top,homemade billet license plate bracket,Hooker pipes,homemade filter setup,etc...I am actually not that much of a FXR fan,not to many peoples are here in Europe,but this "Lowbird" was sold in about 2 days...
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Awesome...
I was never a big FXR fan until i got one.
Then i realized how rare they are, and there seems to be a little cult following of FXR people out there. Beautiful job, nonetheless...
I can't take my eyes off the blue and white cruiser though...so badass...


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Hey Rino, yea, I could buy a stock '88 FXR for an rediculous low price overhere about 5 years ago..it sat in my garage for another 2 years colecting dust...A buddy who runs a custom shop here had a Warbird kit on the shelf for about 8 years..never sold it..I bought it for peanuts and whiped the dust of the FXR and reworked a bit on the kit,lowered the bike 2" front & rear,18-4.25 Akront rear rim, 21" front, homemade 3° raked mid-glide trees,homemade billet risers,reworked the stock tank with a bead running on top,homemade billet license plate bracket,Hooker pipes,homemade filter setup,etc...I am actually not that much of a FXR fan,not to many peoples are here in Europe,but this "Lowbird" was sold in about 2 days...
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Awesome...
I was never a big FXR fan until i got one.
Then i realized how rare they are, and there seems to be a little cult following of FXR people out there. Beautiful job, nonetheless...
I can't take my eyes off the blue and white cruiser though...so badass...
Ryno,the cruiser Indian Softail is actually pitch black and (Mercedes) silver with (BMW M3) yellow striping...this thing is 3" from the ground and it's riden a lot and hard! My oppinion,what scrapes the pavement today is not gonna scrape anymore tomorrow! I will have some studio pics on here soon..it's got more little details wich are not vissible on the pics now on the board..
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Hahaha...
I should have been more clear...
I guess its the bobber...i can never keep all those terms straight!



Any of your bikes are amazing man...




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Ryno,the cruiser Indian Softail is actually pitch black and (Mercedes) silver with (BMW M3) yellow striping...this thing is 3" from the ground and it's riden a lot and hard! My oppinion,what scrapes the pavement today is not gonna scrape anymore tomorrow! I will have some studio pics on here soon..it's got more little details wich are not vissible on the pics now on the board..
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I received another package from Danny F. yesterday.So here you go...







The Hardtail Evo Danny built and based the above drawing on.
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You can draw TOO??!! Good God...
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These ones left Danny's atelier just a moment ago...





UCC bike huh ?
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UCC bike huh ?
Yes Frenz,UCC bike...
Hey, my friend Koen called me a couple days ago and told me that his Black/silver Indian style cruiser wich I builded a couple years ago is for sale...(see pics a couple posts earlier) Anybody has any idea what costs (import dutys, taxes..) are involved for a buyer in the States if you import a bike from Europe? Are there any problems to get a imported bike on the road overthere and if so is there a difference between a classic bike or later model to register it?
I know all about importing a bike from the States into Europe, (of course, ) but not visa-versa...Thanks in advance!
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Found another pastel chop, did it like most of 'em 5 years ago...
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Here a pic from my buddy's '69 Early Shovel...this was 1988 (!) 18" Akront rear, 21" Akront front, rib rear fender,MAC pipes, mid controls, 3" open belt, Santee spun alu oil tank,Brembo/Grimeca brakes, Ceriani front end,..etc...

He sold it after owning it for 9 years, the new owner did not liked the black color, he teared down the whole bike, had the frame,tanks, oil tank, battery box, fender in the back of his old station wagon to deliver to the painter the next day...his wagon got stolen that night.. parts gone, forever !
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Talking about ripped-off bikes...This cream & white '89 Softail here,given the FLH Electra look wich I did for a friend 4 years ago was finished just 2 days before this big H-D weekend-run (august 2001) about 20 miles from my place..My friend registered this bike and told me to take it to the run for the weekend, see if there were any bugs to clear out and we will meet up there for the party..great, sounds good to me !
Rode the bike that weekend all over the place,no probs whatsoever,(could have sold it twice overthere.. ) On Sunday morning we all had breakfast outside from a café/tavern, in 2 minutes it starts raining like hell and everybody ran inside, fucking storm went on ! After checking for our bikes 5 to 6 times vissualy if everything was ok outthere, the 6th time when I looked the motherfucker was GONE !! Yes, my FRIENDS bike ! First second you think these guys are fucking with ya and hided the bike somewhere behind a fence to "scare ya"...no way man, the bike was stolen in a heartbeat..my friends bike...Ignition lock and steering lock, parked in between 6 other scooters...that is some scary shit,I tell you...
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OOH yes...check out these new tire dimensions (in red) available "un-officially" now and "officially" in the States Jan. 2006:

Fronts:
120-70-23
120-50-26 !!

Rears:
260-35-18
310-35-18
360-30-18
200-40-20 !!
200-70-21 !!

(this 70-series tire above acts as a "suspension" tire especially
made for hardtails...)


No pictures yet though...
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I like that last black bike.
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OOH yes...check out these new tire dimensions (in red) available "un-officially" now and "officially" in the States Jan. 2006:

Fronts:
120-70-23
120-50-26 !!

Rears:
260-35-18
310-35-18
360-30-18
200-40-20 !!
200-70-21 !!

(this 70-series tire above acts as a "suspension" tire especially
made for hardtails...)


No pictures yet though...
THAT is great news!!!!!!!! A custom hog that'll match a "HOMIE" H2 wit' 26'z...or maybe an evil bobber running tires that are in proportion. Can't wait to see the new wheels and frames that will go with 'em.
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I received my trough Ebay scored N.O.S. Avon 2.75-21 Speedmaster yesterday! (Thanks for the tip again YardMan!) It's really nos and lookin' good! Perfect for my late 70's styled chop with 41mm narrow-glide trees...
(picture from chop under construction has still 3.00-21 on it...)
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Found two more pics from one of the first Softails I did...this one used to be a '90 Heritage, it was 9 month's old and had 1600 miles on it when I "used her"...
During these late 80's beginning 90's years Softail were just getting big overhere..should have seen the angry looks and disrespectfull faces when I showed up with this scoot at local runs...that's why I kept the "Heritage" emblems on the sides of the rear struts..!
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Do you have any more pics of this bike up close? That bike rules!
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Here a pic from my buddy's '69 Early Shovel...this was 1988 (!) 18" Akront rear, 21" Akront front, rib rear fender,MAC pipes, mid controls, 3" open belt, Santee spun alu oil tank,Brembo/Grimeca brakes, Ceriani front end,..etc...

He sold it after owning it for 9 years, the new owner did not liked the black color, he teared down the whole bike, had the frame,tanks, oil tank, battery box, fender in the back of his old station wagon to deliver to the painter the next day...his wagon got stolen that night.. parts gone, forever !
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Do you have any more pics of this bike up close? That bike rules!
Rustyparts, I was going trough a pile of pics the other day and then I noticed that very few pictures were taking from the black Early Shovel,as I said this was 1988...I will ask the last owner if he got some layin' around.. I do have some during buildup (with a different sporty mockup tank, different Tomasseli clip-on handlebars, flat fender, sparto light & a huge seat! ...)
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God that black shovel is SICKO!!



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Rustyparts, I was going trough a pile of pics the other day and then I noticed that very few pictures were taking from the black Early Shovel,as I said this was 1988...I will ask the last owner if he got some layin' around.. I do have some during buildup (with a different sporty mockup tank, different Tomasseli clip-on handlebars, flat fender, sparto light & a huge seat! ...)
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Your bike looks fucking sweet!
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Your bike looks fucking sweet!
Tha Nutz, gracias man! Don't have any more pics from that black 69er though...
I post some more stuff wich I found in an old box last night...this "back2basic" scoot I did in '92, (you saw it in some previous posts) I heard that the last owner changed the springer for a 35mm XL fork with disc and twin small Bates headlights..whatte****...!
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This here was a '92 Fat Boy...still a Softail now, I did it 4 years ago,location on pics was France,Saint Tropez and winnerys around it...buurrp ! (yes, front master cylinder is a smaller type now..! )
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hey Danny...
I just realized you got a shot of my boat in that picture!
Beautiful!
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This here was a '92 Fat Boy...still a Softail now, I did it 4 years ago,location on pics was France,Saint Tropez and winnerys around it...buurrp ! (yes, front master cylinder is a smaller type now..! )
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I just realized you got a shot of my boat in that picture!
Beautiful!
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I knew it Ryno! So in that case...who are those 3 babes on the rear deck..?
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I met them in San Tropez.
Nice ladies.
They couldn't stop talking about your bike!



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I knew it Ryno! So in that case...who are those 3 babes on the rear deck..?
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I met them in San Tropez.
Nice ladies.
They couldn't stop talking about your bike!
Well, if you can tell me the model of your boat..Only then I would believe ya...
(good luck... )
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Here some pics of that last Softail I did for a friend Rudy..first I had reversed bars on this bike,(see previous posted pics) Rudy his legs are sooo long compared to his body, he had a hard time keeping his arms and legs appart when he rode that thing..so I changed bars to a more comfy position for him..





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Here with that other Softail Bobjob I did for Jean Marie...( now with cream bag & red grips...) The cream bike is parked on a bump thats why the bag looks to be hangin' in a slight angle) I still got the black bag...don't worry..
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HEY!!!! HARLEY-DAVIDSON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ARE YOU SEEING THIS? THIS IS HOW YOUR "heritage springer softail" IS SUPPOSED TO LOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Love your work Danny, you crazy fuckin' european.
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In another thread "old pics" Larry T. was talking about how they used 15" rims with radial car tires "in the early days"..Well, I still like that setup!
I used 15" rims with car radials a dozen times,it gives it a fat, different look in my oppinion...for the right bike in a certain style of course! I did these 2 bikes here "only" 10 years ago but I would do it again in a snap...
(Blue/black bike had 185-65-15 on 5.5" rim,
Green bike had 165-70-15 on 5" rim,Tangerine bike was 22 years ago and had 175-70-15 on 5")
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A local HD dealer overhere showed me his "not sell-able shack" a couple years ago...It was stuffed with basket case bikes, you know, projects that never got finished,or intrade bikes that looked like shit and half of the parts were missing...
There was also this 86 Evo Softail imported from England years ago, bought on picture and when the dealer got it, it was a pile of junk,but mechanicaly this bike was clean,strong runnin' and a whopping 96"! No fenders,the BUB pipes and 18" Aero PM rear wheel came with the bike and the wide-glide forks were 8" over...He asked me if I could do something with it on a "minor" budget so it would be selling asap..I ordered some parts trough that dealer, worked on it for about 3 weeks and yep, it was sold within 2 days to Erik, who's on those 2 pictures!(Black & White with 21" front wheel) Erik wanted a wider front tire instead of the 21", so he got a 18" now and I widened that same ducktail front fender..
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Old 10-09-2005, 08:04 AM   #93
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Don't laugh!! This was 23 years ago ! Me on my rigid Candy Apple red '63 pan and my buddy Luke on his cream hardtailed '58 pan...Obviously I was waiting for my dogbone risers to come in since I already mounted the top clamp with ears..
Both bikes were ex-cop bikes, since Belgium cops & highway patrollers had Harley's since 1928,so from time to time, lets say every 5 years or so, there were police auctions in Brussels where they sold "H-D lots" by the dozen..!
A lot of bikes went to Sweden during these days...and "a few" stayed here..Ha!


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Old 10-09-2005, 08:40 AM   #94
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HEY!!!! HARLEY-DAVIDSON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ARE YOU SEEING THIS? THIS IS HOW YOUR "heritage springer softail" IS SUPPOSED TO LOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Love your work Danny, you crazy fuckin' european.
agreed. danny shows how simple it is to take a factory bike and make it have class.

love the car radial stuff too.
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How does the car radial handle on a bike?
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How does the car radial handle on a bike?
Django, I never ever had any problems with car radials on my bikes, and on a rigid it can even gives you a bit more comfort when inflated not at maximum pressure..! Altough, if you wanna race on a curvy mountain road it will need some time to get used to but I encountered sofar no "weird" sliding movements on my back.. Also, you have to shop around for a radial that has not to squairy edges, since there is so much difference even in the same sizes, some brands are rounder than others...
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I love this thread!
You know you're a bad-ass when there's a thread with your name on it that is 10 pages long and has over 3,498 views.
Long live D.F.



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I love this thread!
You know you're a bad-ass when there's a thread with your name on it that is 10 pages long and has over 3,498 views.
Long live D.F.



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Thanks Griffin ! And thanks again Tim Conder who was the one who started this thread! I will have a Jupiler beer extra tonight...
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No kidding! If Danny has good things to say about my bike when it is done, then it will all be worth it!
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Sleeping...for about a year now...this coming winter I'll wake her up!

And a T-Shirt that goes with it..!
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That thing is low...you really use some car-type 5-spokes ?

And Danny,any news regarding the "legalization" yet ? Guess you know what I mean...(e-mail)
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That thing is low...you really use some car-type 5-spokes ?

And Danny,any news regarding the "legalization" yet ? Guess you know what I mean...(e-mail)
Email's comin' Frenz...
Yep, I'm using E.T. 5 spokers, 15x8.5 rear with 230 Avon & 16x7 in front with 200 Avon...this pic was taken about 2 years ago, some stuff has changed now (framewise) and it's going the right direction again... working some more on the fenders and tank almost ready now..frame rear section will be partly covered as you can see on drawing above...
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Email's comin' Frenz...
Yep, I'm using E.T. 5 spokers, 15x8.5 rear with 230 Avon & 16x7 in front with 200 Avon...this pic was taken about 2 years ago, some stuff has changed now (framewise) and it's going the right direction again... working some more on the fenders and tank almost ready now..frame rear section will be partly covered as you can see on drawing above...
Damn I dont just want, I need more pics of that bike.

I have seen this thread on here for some time but never checked it out.
I just read the entire post and Danny, my full respect is given to you. Your bikes are gorgeous and on top of that you seem very humble, which is rare.
keep more pics coming
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Damn I dont just want, I need more pics of that bike.

I have seen this thread on here for some time but never checked it out.
I just read the entire post and Danny, my full respect is given to you. Your bikes are gorgeous and on top of that you seem very humble, which is rare.
keep more pics coming
Labelkills, gracias ! I can't show you more pics though from my last "LeadSled" since I never took any from that one I guess... and the bike is now teared down since a couple months to try-on the new stuff that I made for it, if it's back on wheels and there is more to see then I will post some more...
With my trike I wanted to combine my interest for Hot Rods and Harley's together..with this LeadSled the idea is about the same...I'm still working on the fenders now to give them the right shape I'm after..I want the wheels tucked deep under the fenders as can be seen on lowered 50's truck rears..(see drawing 4 posts earlier)
Here 2 foggy low quality pics, gives a slight idea, this was a first mock-up before I changed their shape slightly...
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If you build a frame cage inside the rear fender you can run the battery and other ugly stuff. Maybe even an extra fuel tank with an electric fuel pump. The cage can also double as a tail drag/support guard! If you drop the air suspension the bike can sit on the cage in the rear, frame in the center and the cage/gaurd in the back of the front fender. No kickstand, Hotch did it, it works...

I'm glad to see you working on that thing again Danny! Build it quick, a guy from San Jose is possibly working with Ness on a version of "Rumble" as we speak, only it's going to run Halibrands and the side car. I wonder if Ness will build a bike with a 28 degree rake?

I'm so happy.
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Hey Tim ! Well this right here was actually how we met trough phone and mails, remember? When I saw your "Rumble" design for the very first time I had to sit down for a few minutes...I just could'n believe it..about 3 months or so before I started on this LeadSled scooter with so many identical design ideas that it was just "scary"...
Even on other bikes...remember how we discussed and mentioned certain features to find out at the end that you or I did it, or was , or were doing it! Like the checkered rear rim, the magnesium colored drivetrain and stuff..whatthe****


Anyways, building this one quick you say..not as Quick as Ness & this guy in San Jose will do, that's for sure..(I filled out a lottery ticket tonight, in about an hour I will know just how quick I can finish this bike, ha !)
I did some sort of framework inside the fenders yes,but more for strenght and mounting purposes , but since you mentioned it, yeah, I could hide the battery in there..!

Since '96 or so when I first knew Tim, I started to send him (and later mail him) pictures from my bikes overhere... he was actually the first American (who knew his stuff..) to actually see my bikes wich I did overhere..
After that I got sketches,drawings,pics from him on a frequent base what just gave me an instant urge everytime to head for the garage and start grinding,cutting, hamering and shit...!

Thanks Tim, he's THE MAN !!

p.s.: Do you remember these on this picture Tim..? Ha! Yes folks, I and only I got the original drawing wich Tim did for VQ Magazine when he helped designing Keith Balls chopper, this was '98..(picture above) and I framed also your small note that came with it Tim..!
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All you young'ns may not remember this, but as recent as a couple years ago Hot Rodders didn't really hang out with Bikers. There have always been a few of us who just love machines from guns to whiskey stills to choppers, but this whole cross pollinating thing is new to the mainstream.

My ideas came from the same place Danny's and Hanks and a few others come from...BADASS AUTOMOTIVEHOTRODLOWRIDERGASSERDRAGSTERCHOPPER shit.

When I bought that Halibrand and started building Gigantic in '93, Indian Larry was all over Iron Horse, along with a couple Europeans like Danny and Vanderkwaak. BUT, most everyone was building billet softails and wearing italian leather 8 ball jackets that puff up with air when you get on the freeway. How do I know? Because I painted a lot of 'em. I can tell you, it was no easy task trying to convince a guy to paint his 70,000 dollar softail like a GEE BEE air race plane.

Hardcore choppers have made it through this cable showbusiness onslaught pure and unscathed. They will KILL you, so there are still only a few around. BUT, now that all this cross training is occuring and folks are opening up their minds a bit, BADASS shit is happening. It's just getting rolling too.

Like I said, I'm HAPPY. - GIT 'em Danny...
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Tim, Danny, others..................all I can say is WOW! Thanks for letting us sit on the sidelines and pick your brains.
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Tim, Danny, others..................all I can say is WOW! Thanks for letting us sit on the sidelines and pick your brains.

right fuckin' on.

amazing stuff dudes.
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I can't speak for Danny...But I'd like to say thanks. Thanks for the compliments. Thanks for the fine treatment. But most of all, thanks for not asking..."WHY ain't you RICH?" or "WHY ain't you got yer own SHOW?" or the ever popular "YOU just need to build a bike for JAY LENO or Sylvester Stallone, then you can finally get on TV and be RICH!!"
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I can't speak for Danny...But I'd like to say thanks. Thanks for the compliments. Thanks for the fine treatment. But most of all, thanks for not asking..."WHY ain't you RICH?" or "WHY ain't you got yer own SHOW?" or the ever popular "YOU just need to build a bike for JAY LENO or Sylvester Stallone, then you can finally get on TV and be RICH!!"
The biggest stars arent out in the open.
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I can't speak for Danny...But I'd like to say thanks. Thanks for the compliments. Thanks for the fine treatment. But most of all, thanks for not asking..."WHY ain't you RICH?" or "WHY ain't you got yer own SHOW?" or the ever popular "YOU just need to build a bike for JAY LENO or Sylvester Stallone, then you can finally get on TV and be RICH!!"
Well Tim...hmm,what can I add here..let's see.. ... ..,..

Nope..!! You said it, that's how it is and that's how it's gonna be my friend...
But hey, one day.., I say ONE DAY..., yeahh right.. !..

(SHIT!..I forgot to check my lottery ticket I bought yesterday ! Get back to ya in a minute....or NOT AT ALL !! )



I'm back....

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Danny.....way cool stuff and cooler that you are posting all the great pics. I may just have to build an evo after seeing what you are doing to em....but I've had a few generator shovels, and the S&S motor has been calling my name.....the addiction continues!!!
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Danny.....way cool stuff and cooler that you are posting all the great pics. I may just have to build an evo after seeing what you are doing to em....but I've had a few generator shovels, and the S&S motor has been calling my name.....the addiction continues!!!
Ha Hatch thats Funny,since I'm on the edge of buying a '66 Generator Shovel engine in these coming days...(for my late 70's styled chopper)
Evo Softails are a perfect base to build something around it...the frame dimensions are very close to an original rigid and with some extra effort you can hide a lot from the Softail idea...how many peoples don't get the point behind these Softail frames when you see them chroming their swingarms...Whatte***

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Ha Hatch thats Funny,since I'm on the edge of buying a '66 Generator Shovel engine in these coming days...(for my late 70's styled chopper)
Evo Softails are a perfect base to build something around it...the frame dimensions are very close to an original rigid and with some extra effort you can hide a lot from the Softail idea...how many peoples don't get the point behind these Softail frames when you see them chroming their swingarms...Whatte***

I agree...some just don't get it...and that's just fine with me! I love to see people checking out something I built and I know they don't understand it...but they dig it.....and don't know why!! I hope it never changes.
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[QUOTE=Conder]All you young'ns may not remember this, but as recent as a couple years ago Hot Rodders didn't really hang out with Bikers. There have always been a few of us who just love machines from guns to whiskey stills to choppers, but this whole cross pollinating thing is new to the mainstream.

My ideas came from the same place Danny's and Hanks and a few others come from...BADASS AUTOMOTIVEHOTRODLOWRIDERGASSERDRAGSTERCHOPPER shit.


Hey Tim,
I've been kinda running this thru the back of my head (not much else up there) and it wasn't always that way. Back in the 60's/70's most of the guys that I knew that built and rode scooters had a pretty good background in hotrods. Some of them wouldn't admit it, but they did. I guess a good example would be the guy that had the first custom scooter shop I ever went into. I got to know him pretty well and he never talked anything but choppers. After I got back into hotrods and got my Anglia in the late 70's, he took me in "another" storage building he had and showed me a 409 powered 32 Ford pickup he owned that hadn't been cranked since the 60's. I heard he's redone the pickup now, but I haven't talked to him in close to 10 years. Hum, sounds like it's time for another road trip!
And, if you talk to the old gasser and altered guys, they probably know more about old scooters than 99% of the H.O.G. riders.
Back to work,
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"Hey Tim,
I've been kinda running this thru the back of my head (not much else up there) and it wasn't always that way. Back in the 60's/70's most of the guys that I knew that built and rode scooters had a pretty good background in hotrods. Some of them wouldn't admit it, but they did. I guess a good example would be the guy that had the first custom scooter shop I ever went into. I got to know him pretty well and he never talked anything but choppers. After I got back into hotrods and got my Anglia in the late 70's, he took me in "another" storage building he had and showed me a 409 powered 32 Ford pickup he owned that hadn't been cranked since the 60's. I heard he's redone the pickup now, but I haven't talked to him in close to 10 years. Hum, sounds like it's time for another road trip!
And, if you talk to the old gasser and altered guys, they probably know more about old scooters than 99% of the H.O.G. riders.
Back to work,
Larry T"

You're no doubt right about those guys, but they (we) have always been the minority. That's a good thing!
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I can't speak for Danny...But I'd like to say thanks. Thanks for the compliments. Thanks for the fine treatment. But most of all, thanks for not asking..."WHY ain't you RICH?" or "WHY ain't you got yer own SHOW?" or the ever popular "YOU just need to build a bike for JAY LENO or Sylvester Stallone, then you can finally get on TV and be RICH!!"
You know, i'm glad you guys aren't rich.
I'm sure you're not, hahaha...
But i'm glad you're not part of that whole scary debacle...

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Tman, you are the new BUDDHA. I'll tell that to my wife on the first when my mortgage is due!

....and now, all the way from BELGIUM, (which we believe is somewhere in Europe)...the AMAZING original stylings of DANNY FRANNSEN!.....So tell us, how's the weather out there Danny? Is it true you're dating the 17 year old Duchess of York?....
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Tman, you are the new BUDDHA. I'll tell that to my wife on the first when my mortgage is due!

....and now, all the way from BELGIUM, (which we believe is somewhere in Europe)...the AMAZING original stylings of DANNY FRANNSEN!.....So tell us, how's the weather out there Danny? Is it true you're dating the 17 year old Duchess of York?....
She's 17 and 4 mon... wait a minute here....whatthe***...who told you??!!! WHO ? damned...
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Tman, you are the new BUDDHA. I'll tell that to my wife on the first when my mortgage is due!

....and now, all the way from BELGIUM, (which we believe is somewhere in Europe)...the AMAZING original stylings of DANNY FRANNSEN!.....So tell us, how's the weather out there Danny? Is it true you're dating the 17 year old Duchess of York?....
The hotrod/biker connection gets tighter every year during Sturgis. We see tons of crossover, some hardcore ,some scenesters with too many store bought toys.
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Here some slightly better pics from that Warbird I did a couple years ago...
I had the chance to buy a brand new Corbin Warbird kit from a buddy for a
'89-up FXR for cheap. (and I think there are a lot of those kits collecting dust at custom shops everywhere..) A year before I got an even better deal on a '86 FXR that was fairly in stock condition with low mileage on the motor..
Never been so keen on those Warbirds..but the chance was right there and I tried to do it slightly different on a lowest possible budget (again..)
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Some details...rib on stock FXR tanks, homemade billet license plate bracket,homemade hub covers, eagle eye throttle cable opening in fairing, lowered 2" rear, homemade 4° midglide billet trees with billet pullback risers, lowered front fender, 2" lowered front 39mm fork, 18" Akront rear rim, 21" front with Billet 6 pistons caliper, Hooker headers, etc..
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Here my buddy (and favorite local bar owner.. ) Sven his '91 Softail Sandard...bought as on first picture with already a 6° raked tree-set in it,on a minor budget (of course) and after listening (with only one ear though, ha..) to a couple of his wishes he cruised all over Europe since 5 years now on this black/blue scoot...(Leather left side bag is his grandfather's Doctor bag!..)
Sorry, no color pics..Yes Tim, rear rim is also blue !
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Going trough some old stuff the other day...

Every year this Dutch club "The Rogues" organize a ChopperShow near their clubhouse in North Holland..I'm usually invited when Grizzly (who's also a writer/reporter for Bigtwin Magazine) knows I got something new on wheels..These shows are a club organisation and there is no best of show or runner up or whatever stuff to win, but every year they have some award they made themselves as a Thank you for comin' gesture, wich is cool !
In '99 I had my trike on display there and we all got a Sweatshirt with their clublogo printed on front, every year it's a different design though..
Grizzly told me when he handed me over the sweater, " look at it this time before you wear it!"...WTF! There was my trike on their Sweaters !
Also on their posters and entrance tickets was this same drawing, freaked me out !
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My friend Koen, who owns that black/silver Indian look Softail I did, gave me this framed drawing and a T-shirt that goes with it for my birthday a couple years ago, cool !
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My chopper - roller - mockup...Late 70's styling was what I had in mind..

Got this frame since '92, never completed a bike with it though, but I changed the rear axle position about 4 years ago...
Never mind the rust, chrome or colors on these pics, everything is in a "first assembly stage" here...

This is and always was my personal idea of a "chopper"...sleak, narrow, minimalistic, with just (for me) the right amount of stretch, rake and rear section length for that kick-back jammin' look...

Fork is a 12" over narrow glide, (need new tubes and rechrome the trees)21" (2.75 Avon) front spool, 16" rear, tank is going to be molded in slightly (removable) , rear brake will be a Tolle Sprocket-Brake with a master cylinder mounted inside the inner primary wich will be pulled by the stock mechanical crossover brake linkage...

Engine is gonna be a blueprinted '66 Early Shovel, 4-speed with kick & jockey shift...
I'm working on this scooter every spare minute I got now..so, not sure when more completed pics will be comin'...
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That mock up speaks to me. It's the bike my dad's friends rode when I was a little tike. Tiny tanks, lots of chrome, and long glides...but little upstretch in the frames. They were always black, red, or blue.

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My chopper - roller - mockup...Late 70's styling was what I had in mind..

Got this frame since '92, never completed a bike with it though, but I changed the rear axle position about 4 years ago...never mind the rust, chrome or colors on these pics, everything is in a "first assembly stage" here...

This is and always was my personal idea of a "chopper"...sleak, narrow, minimalistic, with just (for me) the right amount of stretch, rake and rear section length for that kick-back jammin' look...

Fork is a 12" over narrow glide, (need new tubes and rechrome the trees)21" (2.75 Avon) front spool, 16" rear, tank is going to be molded in slightly (removable) , rear brake will be a Tolle Sprocket-Brake with a master cylinder mounted inside the inner primary wich will be pulled by the stock mechanical crossover brake linkage...

Engine is gonna be a blueprinted '66 Early Shovel, 4-speed with kick & jockey shift...
I'm working on this scooter every spare minute I got now..so, not sure when more completed pics will be comin'...
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Danny,that is going to be a very cool bike.Well,it already is ! I'd like to see it with a juice drum brake though.But the sprocket brake is the typical "Danny F.-Twist",huh ? Cool anyway.The hidden MC operated by the stock mechanical linkage is cool too.Very nice lines.I remember this style of bike from older copies of Easyriders.What are your plans for pipes ? Great work !

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the mock up sits real nice. will this one have the traditional single saddlebag? shotguns or upsweeps? danny you would'nt happen to know where a guy could buy a copy of grizzlys book? tell grizzly to write some more for some american magazines. kinda miss his writeing and pics.
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Danny,that is going to be a very cool bike.Well,it already is ! I'd like to see it with a juice drum brake though.But the sprocket brake is the typical "Danny F.-Twist",huh ? Cool anyway.The hidden MC operated by the stock mechanical linkage is cool too.Very nice lines.I remember this style of bike from older copies of Easyriders.What are your plans for pipes ? Great work !
Hey Frenz! Well, I'm not really sure about the Sprocket-Brake setup...it might turn out to the mechanical HD drum again...Juice brake is an option, but then I would make my own backing plate, since the stock HD types look so "complicated", more car-like if you got my point..and I want to keep this scoot open and "honnest" as possible...

@ jbfrmca, as for the reason I described above I 'm not going to use a single bag on this bike this time..I want to be able to look at the frame in every way, therefor I'm not using shotgun or upsweep pipes, it will butcher the lines you know...short , 1 3/4" turnout dragpipes, the rear in front of trans,the front between engine & frame as this bike will have '66 generator Shovel in it...I will have an adres for you soon where to order Grizzly's book...

@ Tony Bones, yeah man, exactly the style you are describing ! That must have been around '76-'79' or so..? (You can't find any old pics in your dad's shoebox..?)

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Sometimes you see Late Cone Shovels with a front pipe that was actually intended for the Early Generator Shovel...They run down & out in front of the frame downtube,..I never liked that big open "gap" between the cone and the exhaust...(see last pic)

About 10 years ago or so I got this "Sputhe Engineering" oil filter kit because it was "on sale"..(they still have it) They were made to bolt on the early Evo cases, wich had the filter frame mounted..here a bracket from the floorboard mounting stud supports it, so it can be used now on this cone Shovel..
With the long filter it kinda gives the idea of a generator..well..kinda..
( the cover is blasted now, it's to clean for the rest of the "used" cases, will work on that with some cockpit spray..so it will get about the same tone as the rest of the motor)
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Cool ! Looks good.Like the drilled pedal too.Wonder how long those white parts will stay that WHITE...you got any special shoes,ultra sterile just to drive that bike,haha...show us more of that Shovel please.And what's that with the cockpit spray ? Does it really equalize the look of "old" and "new" aluminium ?
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Cool ! Looks good.Like the drilled pedal too.Wonder how long those white parts will stay that WHITE...you got any special shoes,ultra sterile just to drive that bike,haha...show us more of that Shovel please.And what's that with the cockpit spray ? Does it really equalize the look of "old" and "new" aluminium ?
Hey Frenz! It's my buddy Jack's bike, I gave him the Sputhe oil filter kit and the idea to use it this way as a trade so to speak..he helps me out every single time if I need something!
Yes, we used cockpit spray years ago on "over-clean" lookin' aluminimum and it worked back then..I will let you know how this piece turned out..

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Sometimes you see Late Cone Shovels with a front pipe that was actually intended for the Early Generator Shovel...They run down & out in front of the frame downtube,..I never liked that big open "gap" between the cone and the exhaust...

About 10 years ago or so I got this "Sputhe Engineering" oil filter kit because it was "on sale"..(they still have it) They were made to bolt on the early Evo cases, wich had the filter frame mounted..here I made a bracket from the floorboard mounting stud so I could use it on this cone Shovel..
With the long filter it kinda gives the idea of a generator..well..kinda..
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Danny ya do a great job
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the thread that just won't die. lol.
hey danny any info on grizzlys book yet?
and i'm diggin' your workshop.
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Django, Rustyparts & Ryno, you asked for more pics from my buddy Roger B. black '69 Early Shovel..(no, he's not Jay Leno's son..! )
Here are some riding pics I took from Roger while riding with no hands on my daily ride back then.. ('67 Shovel)

Also a pic together with my '39 Knuckle, just back from the Super-rally run...
This was 1988 as I mentioned before...
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Before this black version above in '88 we builded a first different version of Roger's bike, I shot these pics way back in '85-'86...
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And a "in-between" mockup version, shorter fishtails, K&N Superbar, sporty tank...'86-'87
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the thread that just won't die. lol.
hey danny any info on grizzlys book yet?
and i'm diggin' your workshop.
Hey jbfrmca ! To get Grizzly's "European Choppers" book it's best to contact this custom shop:

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Tel: 011-31-226 351955
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sorry danny i forgot to say thank you. so thank you for the info.
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Hey jbfrmca ! To get Grizzly's "European Choppers" book it's best to contact this custom shop:

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What can you do with a bunch of old wornout Sporty cylinders, heads, pushrod covers, a few carbs..a steel WOK pan..an old aluminium BMW drum...

Hmmm...well..this is what my buddy Jac did with it in his spare time...of course it's just a decoration object, don't ask me what kind of crankshaft is in there !

(all my fault, I showed him some pics from badass aircraft engines some time ago..and he got carried away..sorry Jac ! )

Still working on it, more pics if it's completed..(exhausts, manifolds,ignition wires...braided lines...gonna be wild...!)
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What can you do with a bunch of old wornout Sporty cylinders, heads, pushrod covers, a few carbs..a steel WOK pan..an old aluminium BMW drum...

Hmmm...well..this is what my buddy Jac did with it in his spare time...of course it's just a decoration object, don't ask me what kind of crankshaft is in there !

(all my fault, I showed him some pics from badass aircraft engines some time ago..and he got carried away..sorry Jac ! )

Still working on it, more pics if it's completed..(exhausts, manifolds,ignition wires...braided lines...gonna be wild...!)

I'm thinking.....perfect for a Florida swamp racer.
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Hey Danny, what's it gonna take to get 2 of those 200x21s? I need 'em BAD. Let me know would ya? I'll help you get elected Chancelor or something. - Thanks!
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Working on it right now Tim...let you know "what's it gonna take".. !
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I found a copy of this vhs video tape that Frank gave me about 10 years ago..I sold my Hardtail Evo to Frank in 1992, and his friend made this video trough the sunroof of a car..I took some clips out of it yesterday, and I'm gonna mail these pics to him later today, he's gonna be surprised since he resold the bike about 7 years ago and these are the only ridin' pics ever made from him..!
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Old 02-20-2006, 01:41 PM   #149
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Digging through an old shoebox last night..found some pics from my longtime buddy overhere, Luc Schrijnemaekers... These were taken during the summer of 1985..Bike was a '58 ex cop,were he welded that Santee hardtail section on after 2 years of swingarm use...165-15 Radial with 6" flat fender in the back, oem springer with drum, FX Superglide bars, mechanical drum rear, jockey shift and open chain driven primary..Rock & Roll !
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Working on it right now Tim...let you know "what's it gonna take".. !
Hey Tim ! Did you finally ended up last month with a set of those 200-21" rears from Vee-Rubber ? Here are the new Avon's, also jumping on the "BIG" wagon obviously...! 130/60/R23 and a massive 280/40/R20...

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Hey Danny, just got done talking to Tim, he's super busy trying to finish some paint but he and I were wondering if those tires can be ordered now...
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Hey Danny, just got done talking to Tim, he's super busy trying to finish some paint but he and I were wondering if those tires can be ordered now...
Ok here goes.. You should be talking to these guys right now !

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Working on a new Softail based bike since a couple weeks now..here's an early swamp cooler/jet engine "look-alike" air cleaner I just made, needs some more work of course....it's all billet alu, with a removable K&N cone filter inside, the whole bike will be mostly black,I 'm gonna paint this cone body black also, with a single red scallop on the side, the polished front ring and middle cone will keep this polished finish...more finished pics soon..(Edit: painted now..)
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HaHa ! Knogjarn, you remembered huh..?!
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Old 04-12-2006, 02:10 AM   #156
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That kicks ass! it looks fast.
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Working on a new Softail based bike since a couple weeks now..here's an early swamp cooler/jet engine "look-alike" air cleaner I just made, needs some more work of course....it's all billet alu, with a removable K&N cone filter inside, the whole bike will be mostly black,I 'm gonna paint this cone body black also, with a single red scallop on the side, the polished front ring and middle cone will keep this polished finish...more finished pics soon..
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..ya, I think this thing looks ( in a non-motorcycle way, would fit great with a 70s designer hifiset haha) both retro and avant gardic at the same time... but I dont know sh*t... so what ever.. Not my cup of tea but it looks great!
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..ya, I think this thing looks ( in a non-motorcycle way, would fit great with a 70s designer hifiset haha) both retro and avant gardic at the same time... but I dont know sh*t... so what ever.. Not my cup of tea but it looks great!
.."Retro and avant-gardic"..hmmm.. This bike is gonna be another retro styled scooter yes, but here and there I added some "different & not so obvious" touches without showing the billet shine & glitter stuff...I guess I posted these pics a few weeks to early..
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A couple of my older Softail based bike(s) but fresh (last week) pictures for the French "Wild" magazine...
Some flics from my newest Softail project coming soon, it's taking shape nowadays...too much going on lately..
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It's been a long time Danny?
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Old 11-29-2006, 12:15 AM   #162
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Great thread.

Danny, it's great to see this retrospective of all the great bikes you've built. When I was living back in the UK and started up the website in 2000, your 'matching' Evos were some of the first bikes I posted in my 'wish list' of cool motorcycles.

Your bikes were featured in quite a few of the Euro mags ('Heavy Duty' was one) in the 90s and had a huge influence.

No-one else has ever made me want to own an Evo!
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Hey thanks man ! Sometimes they send me magazines with my bikes in it, sometimes they don't and I find out by coinsidence years later that there was an article/pictures in it...but that's no prob, glad to hear that I had an "influence" (as you named it) to a certain style, bitchin' ! @ Waltmcq, yes it's been a long time since I posted some new stuff on this thread, bussy with so many projects that so far none of them are "pic ready" so to speak.. But I'm getting there, another (softail) scoot is ready in 2 weeks, a Knuckle will be ready in about a month or so..oh yes, and my buddy Erik H. bought one of my bikes back that showed up for sale 3 weeks ago ! (It's the pastel-green Evo rigid that I did in 1990..shit, that's 16 years ago now...I'm glad it's back here, for the moment in my garage, some changes will be done, such as paint, getting rid of the second owners idea for a 3" open belt and swap it back again for a narrow setup inside a tin primary as I did first) This bike has had 3 different owners after I sold it in 1991, Erik beeing the fourth now, the only changes that were made during this scoot's 50.000 miles+ life was the Dyna Singlefire on it, the Mikuni carb with huge black filter cover, the open belt, a fringed toolroll on the sidecar loops, sundance pegs instead of the rib pegs and a Pennzoil sticker on the oil tank...but still a good feeling to recognize the same bolts and nuts that I screwed on there 16 years ago...ha !(pic here is from 1990 when I just finished it)

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Yo when i saw the back to the basics bikes in IH it changed the way i looked at an evo from then on. I really enjoyed looking at all of your other projects pics that were posted. can't wait to see a pic of the shovel project
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Yeah, great style, super classy guy.
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Danny, nice to see that you updated you aeroaircleaner... now lets see the rest of the bike!
Are you still interested in a 7stoked invader (you were last year...) I be seeing that guy again next week and he still had it like a month ago...
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Danny, nice to see that you updated you aeroaircleaner... now lets see the rest of the bike!
Are you still interested in a 7stoked invader (you were last year...) I be seeing that guy again next week and he still had it like a month ago...
Pics next week Knogjarn, you got a PM...
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Belgium's best "El Cheapo" pinstriped my Springer headlight last week...more licks on completed bike soon... (pics by Greasemonkey)
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WOW!

I'm at work and have only quickly scanned through all the images in this thread, without exception you do great work Danny.

Mmmm, I have a pair of 15x7 5 spokes in the garage gathering dust........
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1995 Heritage...Not yet completely finished, so dont mind the tape over the fender and tank trim, and the lose wiring at the fork, etc...
Got to much work these last months to finish my own stuff...as ussual..

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is that aircleaner is was waiting to see? (poormans PC here at work need to have a better look at home..)
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Radius/bullet shaped axle spacer/bolt cover...

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...christ Danny; this is blowin me away.... the black 95 (w/the bullet air cleaner) is awesome, BEE BOB is awesome....you are a true master.. I also dig the car radials, they work great on a raked out road bike....have a 205/50/15 Pirelli on this one... you rock. Any more pics of the lonnnng red pan? GREAT THREAD!
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Good to see more of the Heritage,cool bike !! Danny mailed me some pics of the bike in bare metal a couple month ago and I looked forward to see it progressing.As said many time before...this is how they should come from the factory.

The bike seems to be "stock" at first glance but as you all know it's a full Custom.Lots of of cool details like all of Danny's bikes have.Hope you get the headlight and other stuff mounted so we get to see more of it soon.Knuckle tank emblems are a very nice touch,so are the blasted SS spokes for that vintage look.More !
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Awesome Danny! Another beaut!
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That is the best softail I have ever seen!
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We almost finished my buddy Erik his Hardtail Evo these days... I did this bike in '90, (was green with Super-bar on it) Sold it in '92 and after 2 previous owners Erik could buy it back a couple months ago from a guy who lives about 20 miles from us...the basic parts are the same as when I builded it 17 years ago, Hardtail frame (modified to accept Evo) with all the castings, stock rake and 1.5" stretch in downtubes, H-D adjusta-glide sidecar trees, 8" overs (now with shorter dust rubbers) , 15" rear with 165 radial and H-D juice brake, Hydra oil tank, '39 Knuckle tanks, reversed front Knuckle rear fender, etc..etc...now Hydra top plate with stock risers and Z-Bar...needs some more wiring work, front brake, cables, etc...back on da road in a few days !


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We almost finished my buddy Erik his Hardtail Evo these days... I did this bike in '90, (was green with Super-bar on it) Sold it in '92 and after 2 previous owners Erik could buy it back a couple months ago from a guy who lives about 20 miles from us...needs some more wiring work, front brake, cables, etc...back on da road in a few days !

That's clean. What's the frame specs? Nice job.
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I just added some specs on my first picture on previous page HD48FL...

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...Wow...

I'd never looked throught this post until now. You have built some outstanding bikes,truly classic. Very cool to share the forum with a builder of your ability.

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Old 06-07-2007, 11:19 AM   #193
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Jesus....Danny, your buddy Erik's bike really does it for me.
Excellent job.
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Old 06-07-2007, 12:02 PM   #194
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Danny...What were you thinking? WIDE TIRE bikes on the JJ??????????

Thet knuck fender looks like it is made for the 165...I would like to see the super bars go back on...
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Old 06-10-2007, 12:03 AM   #195
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Fuckin' Christ...
This thread just made me rethink my stance on softails.
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Old 06-10-2007, 12:10 AM   #196
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I kind of remember when a photographer named Grizzly was shoot photos and showing the Swedish chopper with the wide car tires on the rears of the bikes from Europe. Still have some of those pics on the wall in my garage. Danny was one of the bike builders that was pictured. Great work and hope you continue with more!

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Old 06-15-2007, 09:27 AM   #197
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Finnaly after 6 months I just received 2 boxes stuffed with these 40 holes, chromed steel WM0 1.50 - 21" Radaelli rims ! Everybody who ordered go to the Classifieds for more info !
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Old 06-23-2007, 10:51 PM   #198
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Danny,the SOFTAIL looks great ! Awesome job.This is how they should come from the factory,who's Willie G. ? And the rigid Evo looks classy in black ! Make sure to post pics of the Knuckle when it's done !

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